My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: HBG Canada
Publication: October 31st, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Point of View: 3rd Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 10+
Genres & Themes: MG, Fantasy, Competition, Magic, Friendship
Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.
But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.
This could be the beginning of a new series phenomenon. What do you say, Jessica Townsend? Are you ready for it?
Morrigan Crow was born to die on her eleventh birthday. She is cursed. But an invitation to the elusive Wundrous Society changes her destiny.
She needs to pass challenging trials that will determine if she has it in her to be part of something bigger than herself and join the elite group.
But everyone seems to have a talent, something that makes them… magical. Except her. Will she find it before it’s too late? Either she becomes part of the secret organization, or she dies.
Jessica Townsend knows what readers want. She knows we need to be hooked and surprised and mystified. Being hooked is easy, as the world building is special, like a cake with multiple layers. You think you’ve tasted it all, only to discover there are more hidden flavours.
I’m one for competitions, so the trials had me going. They are extremely concealed, until it’s the right time to disclose what the children will need to do. Having read the book, I can tell you they are not predictable, hence the surprising factor.
As with any book, if we already know everything, there is little use to keeping on reading. The characters have secrets. The Wundrous Society itself is a mystery. Even now, I feel as if I’ve only been privy to 5% of its mysteries, at most. I don’t know if it’s a sort of school or spy society…
It’s killing me, of course, but it’s also making me die to pick the sequel up, which is the ideal reaction after finishing a book. Jessica Townsend did that to me. It’s when you’re ready to cry at the idea of a book not having any sequels that you know it made its mark on you.
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